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Organic support in the current RDP

A number of enquiries at the Winter Fair suggests that there is still uncertainty among farmers over the arrangements for OFS and OFCS agreement holders during the 'transitional' period leading up to the next Rural Development Plan (RDP). The key points are as follows:

Organic support schemes (OFS and OFCS) will be run independently of Glastir until the end of the current RDP (31 December 2013). However, this means that organic farmers are no longer eligible for the 50% reduction in the Glastir points threshold

Farmers already in the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) will be offered extensions to their existing agreements which will take them up the end of the current RDP period. This does not apply the OFCS because these agreements outlive the current RDP.

A further window of application for the OFCS is expected in 2012. Farmers considering organic management for the first time and existing organic farmers wishing to increase their organic land area may apply for support.

Tony Little, from Organic Centre Wales, said 'We can see where we are going up until the end of 2013, but what happens thereafter will be very dependent on CAP reform the detail of the new RDP. At present, we expect organic support to be integrated into Glastir from 2014 onwards, but we won't get confirmation of that for some time'.

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